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Ruth M. Shelly

Ruth M. Shelly, 91, of Emmaus, died May 16, 2024, at Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Rev. Austin G. Shelly for 68 years.

Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Paul William and Ruth Elizabeth (Mosser) Ramer. She grew up at Kenselbrook Farms in Emmaus, currently the site of Lehigh Valley Baptist Church.

She graduated from Emmaus High School in 1950, Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women (now part of Temple University) in 1952 and Berean Bible School in 1955.

She worked with her husband for 12 years at Las Delicias Bible Institute in Venezuela where she taught English and managed the school library.

She was a member of New Life Bible Fellowship Church, Oley.

She is survived by three children, Susanne R. Figard of Emmaus, Joanne M. Englehart and husband Jason of Kutztown and David P. and wife Sherry of Fresno, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Andrew Figard of Emmaus, Leah with Frank Near of Whitehall, Daniel with Mary Montanye of Bowers, Emily with Kyle Peart of Anchorage, Alaska, Jocelyn with Connor Crawford of Lewiston, Maine, Joy with Kris Malysz of Green Lane and Rachel of Fresno, Ohio; two great-grandchildren, Lance and Olivia Peart; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Charles Ramer; and a son-in-law, Keith Figard.

A viewing will be held 9:30-10 a.m., followed by a funeral service 10 a.m., June 1 at the funeral home, 225 Elm St., Emmaus.

Contributions may be made to MMS Aviation, 24387 Airport Road, Coshocton, Ohio, 43812, or mmsaviation.org.

Arrangements were made by Bachman, Kulik and Reinsmith Funeral Home.